March 8, 2016


Lady Gaga on Supporting Kesha: ‘I Just Want To Stand By Her Side’

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Lady Gaga has continued to show support for Kesha as the “TiK ToK” singer continues her legal battle against her former producer and alleged abuser, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. In an interview with Carson Daly on AMP Radio 97.1 on Monday (Mar. 7), Gaga shed some insight into her friendship with Kesha, which she has showcased on social media over the past month.

"I talk to her every day,” said Gaga in the interview (via People). “I’m friends with her personally, and what I'm watching her go through is not only something I've been through but something that's really devastating to witness.”

Gaga continued, “Somebody that has such a beautiful light within them, so much talent to give–just to see that light burn out because they feel that no one's listening to them, I feel that it's my responsibility to stand up for her when there's a lot of people that are not listening to her plea for love, for people to have compassion and empathy." 

Gaga also commented on the other female pop artists who have come out to defend Kesha on social media. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha’s cause, while Demi LovatoAriana GrandeAdele and several others have voiced their support for the singer.

“I won't put words in their mouths, but I think it is probably as scary for them as it is for me to see so much shaming happen to females in the business that are so talented because they're just not in as much of a position of power as the people who are speaking up against them," Gaga explained.

And Gaga said that she feels personally inspired by Kesha’s legal struggle, as a victim of rape herself. “Til It Happens To You,” Gaga’s anthem for sexual assault survivors, was nominated for an Oscar last month.

"I think that people should just know that there's so much more than what meets the eye in a case like that," said Gaga. "I feel like she's being very publicly shamed for something that happens in the music industry all the time, to women and men. I just want to stand by her side because I can't watch another woman that went through what I've been through suffer."